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  1. 101 Being Green
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    101 Being Green

    Even for sustainability's greatest proponents, going green isn't necessarily a walk in the park. Dwell explores what it takes to be truly environmental.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.25.10

  2. 20/200 Vision
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    20/200 Vision

    What if you could get a real work of art for as little as $20? And it’s not 
a coffeehouse portrait of Neil Young?

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  3. Absolutely Fabricated
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    Absolutely Fabricated

    We talked to a handful of movers and makers to see what's in store for the wider manufacturing world.

    03.26.10

  4. An Introduction to Architects
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    An Introduction to Architects

    Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that suggested some kind of manmade shelter, it is generally acknowledged that...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  5. An Introduction to Art Collecting
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    An Introduction to Art Collecting

    For millennia, kings and clerics alike have understood that little inspires awe and confers power better than a battalion of marble statues, an epic tapestry, or an exquisitely rendered portrait....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  6. An Introduction to City Parks
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    An Introduction to City Parks

    An afternoon in the park has evolved from picnicking in the local cemetery to sun-bathing atop a retrofitted railroad trestle. Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron walks us...

    written by: Inga Saffron
    06.09.10

  7. An Introduction to Contractors
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    An Introduction to Contractors

    Architect-author, Dan Maginn of El Dorado Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, gives us the inside track on one of his favorite subjects: contractors. Learn what makes them tick, how to work with them,...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.26.10

  8. An Introduction to Lighting
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    An Introduction to Lighting

    One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  9. An Introduction to Manufacturing
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    An Introduction to Manufacturing

    If the design world feels like an endless  parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    03.17.10

  10. An Introduction to Modern Textiles
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    An Introduction to Modern Textiles

    If the design world feels like an endless parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what they make...

    written by: Akiko Bush
    04.27.10

  11. An Introduction to Retail Design
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    An Introduction to Retail Design

    The ancient Greeks did it in the agora; the Romans did it in the forum; Persians did it in the bazaar (“the place of prices”); and Arabs and Berbers did it in the labyrinthine souk....

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  12. An Introduction to Universal Design
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    An Introduction to Universal Design

    Mention universal design and see your companions’ eyes start glazing over. Though formally flashy chairs and posh penthouses may reside at the sexier end of the design world, universal design...

    written by: Graham Pullin
    02.09.10

  13. Building Tomorrow
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    Building Tomorrow

    What will the future hold for contractors and builders? We asked three industry leaders for their prognostications.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  14. Collection Reform
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    Collection Reform

    Regional and world-class museums alike must daily contend with the same pedestrian woe: How can we show all this art? Limited by space, most museums manage to show only a tiny fraction of what they...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  15. Curator: Zoe Ryan
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    Curator: Zoe Ryan

    Call her the wild card (or the green card) in this U.S.–focused roundup, but London-born Zoë Ryan has graced our shores for the past 14 years and in the process has brought a sharp...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.15.10

  16. For All Mankind
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    For All Mankind

    The future of universal design is what’s in store for us collectively. Here’s the heads-up.

    02.09.10

  17. Going Out of Tune
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    Going Out of Tune

    Tuning a traditional radio is a simple and incredibly rich interaction. As we turn the dial, we hear snippets of sound as the stations come and go. We navigate by the programs on air, picking up...

    02.09.10

  18. In the Nick of Time
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    In the Nick of Time

    Though contractors are unusually deft with tools, accidents do happen. SawStop puts an end to that.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  19. Let’s Get Small
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    Let’s Get Small

    Hammers and nails are out, friends, and as the (patent) pending nanotech revolution shows, manufacturing is on the eve of the atom.

    03.26.10

  20. Linear City
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    Linear City

    Designers everywhere are eyeing the Interstate Highway system's bounteous and boundless real estate with ideas from tiny turbines to maglev rail lines. Mid-century urban idealism may not be dead...

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    06.10.10

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